It looks like another Republican presidential candidate is dropping out of the race, and it’s someone that will surprise many.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been slipping in the polls. Although when he entered the race, many believed he would be a major contender for the 2016 GOP presidential primary, his campaign simply never took off with the people. In recent polls, Walker has polled in low single digits. Now, FOX News is reporting that Walker is dropping out of the presidential race.
Walker is scheduled to hold a press conference in Madison, Wisconsin at 6 pm Eastern at the Edgewater Hotel.
FOX News’ Brit Hume tweeted this breaking news.
Sources are telling Fox News that Scott Walker will announce suspension of his campaign this afternoon, 9/21.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) September 21, 2015
During his press conference, Governor Walker announced that he is indeed suspending his campaign. In what could be seen as a dig at Donald Trump, Walker used his tagline in his speech.
“Ronald Reagan was good for America because he was an optimist. Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks. In the end, I believe that the voters want to be for something, and not against someone. Instead of talking about how bad things are, we want to hear how we can make them better, for everyone.
We need to get back to the basics of our party.
We are a party that believes that people create jobs, not the government and the best way to build the economy is to get the government out of the way, and build it from the ground up.
We are a party that believes that the way to measure success in government is by how many people are no longer dependent on the government because we ultimately believe in the dignity work.
We are the party that believes that a strong military leads to peace through strength and that that will protect our children and future generations. That good will ultimately triumph over evil.
We are a party that believes in the American people, not the federal government.
These ideas will help us win the election next fall and, more importantly, will make our country great again.”
Referencing a sermon from his pastor at church on Sunday, who said that the Bible is filled with stories of people called to lead in unusual ways. He then announced, “I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.”
He continued by calling out Trump as being running a negative campaign and of not being a true conservative. Walker said, “I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current frontrunner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party, and more importantly to the future of our country.”